detent definition

  • noun:
    • A catch or lever that hair the motion of one section of a mechanism.
    • whatever locks or unlocks a movement; a catch, pawl, or puppy; particularly, in clockwork, the catch which locks and unlocks the wheelwork in striking.
    • whatever locks or unlocks a movement; a catch, pawl, or puppy; specifically, in clockwork, the catch which locks and unlocks the wheelwork in striking.
    • something regularly always check or prevent motion or approach; a catch; especially, a pin, stud, or lever forming a check in a-clock, watch, tumbler-lock, or any other device.
    • a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to go a wheel ahead or avoid it from moving backwards
  • verb:
    • The activity of making a detent procedure to secure or unlock movement.

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